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Leonard Ouzts returns to the Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Headliner Leonard Ouzts By Gary Spencer Some comedians like to go for cheap gags and one-liners, while others weave elaborate tales full of lengthy, intricate stories that lead up to a punch line. Then, there’s comedians like Leonard Ouzts, a rising young star in the world […]

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Started as a journalist, now he’s here

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Noah Gardenswartz brings the lakhns to Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Noah Gardenswartz, on Comedy Central (above), started stand-up where most great stand-up careers start, in the upstairs of a taco restaurant  By Gary Spencer Dating back to the vaudeville antics of George Burns and Henny Youngman all the way to modern masters such as Andy […]

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Comedy plus time is self-help

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Joel McHale thanks you for your money at Dayton Funny Bone photo: Joel McHale, holding a bear on The Great Indoors, warns his stand-up audience of intense laughs By Amanda Dee Joel McHale is one of those first-name, last-name people, the ones whose first and last names seem to be permanently conjoined. Perhaps that effect […]

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‘Sexual master class’

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Luenell delivers rated-R show at Dayton Funny Bone Photo: Luenell goes for ‘big, big laughs’ at the Dayton Funny Bone May 25-27; photo: Steven Littles By Gary Spencer “A lot of people recognize my face but don’t remember my name,” says comedian and actress Luenell. “I’m not quite a household name.” Chances are most people […]

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An open diary

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Zainab Johnson promises ‘a good ass time’ at Dayton Funny Bone By Gary Spencer Photo: Zainab Johnson performs May 11-14 at the Dayton Funny Bone For most comedians, the lives they lead form the backbone of what they do. It’s “write what you know” applied to comedy. The adage applies particularly well to young New […]

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Skeeeewwwing left

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The Liberal Redneck tears into politics at the Dayton Funny Bone By Paula Johnson Photo: wellRED Comedy Tour’s (l-r) Drew Morgan, Trae Crowder, and Corey Forrester perform May 3 at the Dayton Funny Bone If Trae Crowder has a catchphrase, or word in this case, it’s “Skeeeewww!” pronounced with two syllables, as in “ski-you.” This […]

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School of self-deprecation

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Andy Kindler of Bob’s Burgers opens up at Wiley’s By Joey Ferber Photo: Andy Kindler performs Saturday, April 8 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint; photo: Susan Maljan Andy Kindler is a pioneer of the alternative comedy scene that emerged after the ’80s comedy boom collapsed, like the 2008 housing bubble. Inflated by homogenized jokes and promoters […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Slapcheek humor

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Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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It’s OK, Dayton–We’re Here Now

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New local web series pokes fun at the Gem City By Joyell Nevins Photo: Caley Rose as Jen shoots the opening of We’re Here Now at downtown’s Cannery Lofts Get ready for another ode to Dayton—this one from a non-Daytonian, actually. A new web series by Sixteen 37 Productions places three New York City fish […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]

Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]